Architecture

Metro and Freeway are built for speed. Our server-based architecture was designed to allow for speed and scalability, connecting directly to the exchange matching engine.

Metro is an out-of-the-box platform with an intuitive user interface that gives traders and market makers full control of options pricing and risk management and to execute electronically.

Freeway is an engine that sits in this ecosystem and works with Metro; It allows users to build and automate strategies and algorithms. Users can even put in their own strategies and algorithms side by side with the rest of the trading ecosystem, and write their own code.

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OptionsCity Metro is made up of two main parts – CityServer and CityFront. CityServer, which is the backbone of Metro, contains the quoting engine, theoretical value generator, risk manager, and exchange connectivity APIs. CityFront, with an easy to use interface, resides on the trading workstations. Traders can control, manage, and monitor everything that’s going on with their trades and view as much or as little information as they’d like to.

Freeway’s architecture is optimized for efficiency and high throughput with micro-second “in-process” execution of algorithms.  Freeway allows for simultaneous direct access to various exchanges with support for third-part order routing.
CME

Connectivity and Direct Access

Exchange Connectivity

Order Routing Partners

BOX Boston Options Exchange
CBOT Chicago Board of Trade
CBOE Chicago Board Options Exchange
C2 CBOE | C2
CFE CBOE Futures Exchange
CBSX CBOE Stock Exchange
CME Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Eurex Eurex Exchange
ICE Intercontinental Exchange
ISE International Securities Exchange
KCBT Kansas City Board of Trade
MGEX Minneapolis Grain Exchange
TMX Montreal Derivatives Exchange
NYMEX New York Mercantile Exchange
AMEX NYSE Amex
ARCA NYSE Arca
EURONEXT NYSE Euronext
LIFFE NYSE Liffe
Hosting

OptionsCity Hosting, coupled with OptionsCity’s robust software platform, enables clients to quickly connect to major financial exchanges around the world allowing clients to cut capital and operational costs and focus on trading opportunities. The new offering includes both proximity and colocation hosting in strategic data center locations across the U.S. and Europe. OptionsCity Hosting features both proximity and colocation hosting in strategic data center locations across the U.S. and Europe, and leverages data centers in Chicago, Aurora, New Jersey, London, Frankfurt, and Basildon. Technical advantages of OptionsCity Hosting include reliable, high-throughput network performance, low latency connectivity and a redundant, fault-tolerant, scalable and secure infrastructure.

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